Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

Some random items: Clouds on Mars, telescopes on Earth, missions to the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

31-03-2008 17:31 CDT


It's been one of those Mondays in which I've been working all day (well, except for a lunchtime shopping trip) but have finished almost nothing, so, with my apologies for a rather light post I'll share just a few interesting items

The first is this lovely animation, taken by an apparently daydreaming Opportunity rover, of cirrus clouds drifting across the sky...

Clouds over Victoria

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / ASU / Texas A&M / Navigation camera

Clouds over Victoria
Opportunity turned its rover eyes skyward to observe clouds drifting overhead in March, much like it has throughout the mission. The clouds it captured here passing over Victoria Crater look like cirrus clouds on Earth, featherlike formations composed mostly of ice crystals.
The second is one of my favorite scientists, John Spencer, speaking on this week's Planetary Radio about what Cassini found during its recent plunge past Enceladus (and make sure you read the story I wrote last week about the recent flyby, if you haven't already)...

Mike Brown's blog contains an interesting perspective into a day in the life of an astronomer working on one of the world's great telescopes, the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea...

And I added a few more future missions to our long list of lunar explorers.

See other posts from March 2008


Or read more blog entries about:


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Essential Advocacy

Our Advocacy Program provides each Society member a voice in the process.

Funding is critical. The more we have, the more effective we can be, translating into more missions, more science, and more exploration.


Featured Images

Comparison of Schiaparelli and Opportunity landing locations
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera image of Curiosity landing site
Schiaparelli landing site, after landing attempt
Ewen Whitaker
More Images

Featured Video

The Planetary Post - Star Trek 50th Anniversary

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!